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Man spots lightning strike that started wildfire in the Little Applegate Complex

One of the wildfires in the Little Applegate Complex was reported by someone who lives nearby.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 6:10 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore-- Jonny Steiger is the co-owner of By George Farm and Creamery. He spotted a lightning strike Sunday night. 

"I was standing at my kitchen sink doing dishes and I saw the lightning strike and the puff of smoke." said Jonny Steiger. That smoke was the beginning of the Little Applegate Complex. Steiger immediately called his neighbors to warn them.

"It wasn't until maybe 15 minutes later that a neighbor came down the road and mentioned that there was another fire burning up behind us." said Steiger. He was so consumed about the plume of smoke he spotted he didn't notice the fire starting just a few feet away from his farm.

"I was terrorized, but the outreach from the community was fantastic." said Steiger. His farm has hundreds of animals. If the fire did get bigger he didn't have time to move all of them. That's where his neighbors came in. "We actually received a lot of outreach from our fellow neighbors who have trucks and trailers and offered assistance for evacuations." said Steiger

Steiger says his community is prepared when it comes to fires and it showed last night. "We know what time of year it is out here." 

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